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During the summer of 2011 the MPG Ranch hosted a project by the University of Montana's Avian Science Center (ASC) to capture and band songbirds on the northern floodplain. The ASC documented several new species on the property, including a breeding pair of yellow-breasted chats and an incidental black-billed cuckoo. The final report includes capture information and a comparison between bird captures at the MPG Ranch and several other riparian sites in the region.

Photo: Yellow warbler by Kate Stone

About the Author

Kate Stone

Kate graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Conservation Biology in 2000. She pursued a M.S. in Forestry at the University of Montana where her thesis focused on the habitat associations of snowshoe hares on U.S. National Forest land in Western Montana. After completing her M.S. degree in 2003, Kate alternated between various field biology jobs in the summer and writing for the U.S. Forest Service in the winter. Her fieldwork included projects on small mammal response to weed invasions, the response of bird communities to bark beetle outbreaks and targeted surveys for species of concern like the black-backed woodpecker and the Northern goshawk. Writing topics ranged from the ecology and management of western larch to the impacts of fuels reduction on riparian areas.

Kate coordinates bird-related research at the MPG Ranch. She is involved in both original research and facilitating the use of the Ranch as a study site for outside researchers. Additionally, Kate is the field trip coordinator and website manager for the Bitterroot Audubon Society. She also enjoys gardening and biking in her spare time.

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